Sioux Falls police confirm suspicious subject carried pool cue not rifle
Police are in the area of 38th Street and Phillips Avenue looking for the suspect.
Sioux Falls Police spent part of Friday morning search for someone carrying a rifle along Phillips Avenue, but after an investigation it turned out to be something else.
Sioux Falls Police Spokesman Sam Clemens said dispatch received the call at 8:04 am Friday. The caller said someone was walking in the area of 38th Street and Phillips Avenue with a rifle.
The suspect was described as 15- to 18-years-old, white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. The caller said the suspect was wearing a light blue hooded-sweatshirt.
Clemens said during the investigation someone told officer they saw the person fitting that description. The resident said the person was walking with a pool cue in a case, though.
At approximately 9:15 am, police called off the search. Clemens said it was unfounded. An officer at the scene said he couldn't talk anymore about the search, but the officer said, "The citizens are safe."
During the search, Sioux Falls schools in the area were alerted of the situation. When it was over, the District sent an email to parents stating, "The District worked closely with police and all schools in the affected area, locked doors and continued with their classes within the building."
Police were able to find the suspicious subject and make contact with him at 11 am Friday. Police were able to confirm the case the subject was carrying was indeed a pool cue carrier with a strap. The man was waiting for a friend when the initial call was made to dispatch.
During a media briefing Friday, Sioux Falls Police Spokesman Sam Clemens said if the person really was waking around with a rifle, he was not breaking any laws. South Dakota has open carry laws, which means if someone is walking around with a non-concealed weapon he or she is not committing a crime.